Welcome back to 31 Days to Building a Cleaning Routine!
Day 13: How to Clean with Vinegar
I have written down MANY cleaner recipes I want to try this month, and vinegar is a very common ingredient. Not only is the shelf life of vinegar almost indefinite, but because of its acid nature it is self preserving.
Vinegar is a natural organic bi-product of fruits, vegetables and grains. It is therefore edible and biodegradable. Vinegar is safe for the environment.
It is an ALL-IN-ONE Cleaner, so you don’t need to buy cleaners for different purposes; plus it is inexpensive!!
No need to wear rubber gloves – vinegar is gentle on hands.
Vinegar cleans streak free and there is no need to rinse afterward!
Safe for children – it is non-toxic!
Vinegar does have a distinct odor, but the smell dissipates quickly.
It is effective against a broad range of bacteria, reducing and slowing its growth.
You can check out the link above, or read the uses I’ve listed:
In the Kitchen
- Use the general purpose cleaner given above for wiping down everything: appliances, tables, cupboards, and counters. (If you want, try out the 1:1 ratio of vinegar and dish soap in a spray bottle.)
- Use it full strength on countertops and cutting boards – it will completely remove any odors that may be lurking there. Just wipe afterwards with a damp cleaning cloth.
- Run the dishwasher with vinegar to clean it.
- Run a vinegar and water mix through the coffee maker to clean it.
- Clean and deodorize microwave.
- Clean and polish chrome and stainless steel.
- Use as a fruit wash to rinse away germs.
- Clean and freshen the smell of the refrigerator.
In the Laundry Room
- Use 1 cup of vinegar for the rinse cycle of your washing machine. Clothes to come out cleaner, fresher smelling and softer.
- Try this homemade fabric softener recipe (I haven’t used it yet).
- Erase crayon marks from clothes.
- Soak out blood stains.
In the Bathroom
- Use to clean the toilet.
- Cut back on hard water stains (if you regularly use vinegar to wipe down your faucets, showers, and tile.
- Clean your drains with vinegar and baking soda.
- Wipe away mildew.
- Remove mineral deposits from shower heads.
- Clean your toothbrushes.
In the Home
- Clean windows (I will show you how next week).
- Daily dusting using half vinegar and half water in a spray bottle.
- Use as a glass cleaner.
- Clean dirt off your computer and mouse with a little vinegar and a Q-tip.
There are many, many other uses for vinegar. Just start googling!!
See you tomorrow!
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